Step 6 review: Holyport come out on top in Berkshire derby

Jake Quelch.



Jake Quelch.


Six local Step 6 clubs were in action at the weekend, all looking to push on in their respective league campaigns.

Holyport hosted league leaders AFC Aldermaston at Summerleaze Village on Saturday in a thrilling Berkshire derby. With the scoreline goalless after half an hour Lemar Maycock scored two goals in two minutes to put the Atom Men firmly in the driving seat.

Maycock’s first came as he ran down the wing outpacing the Port defence before cutting inside and placing a shot under keeper Jake Quelch (pictured). The second goal came moments later as Maycock latched onto a loose ball in the box to slot home after some nice interplay from Aldermaston.

Things got worse for Holyport as Quelch had to come off injured before half time meaning an outfield player had to go in goal. Four minutes into the second half Port had a lifeline as a Steven Deverall cross floated straight into the Aldermaston goal with a little assistance from the wind.

Jonny Feaver. Photo: Holyport FC
Jonny Feaver. Photo: Holyport FC

With an hour gone Holyport were level and a Jonny Feaver free kick was met by Adam Sharp whose tame header somehow found the back of the net. On 73 minutes the home side completed a remarkable comeback as a cross was only half cleared and Deverall was able to score his second from the edge of the box.

The game finished on a sour note when an off the ball incident saw both sides reduced to 10 men as Port’s Alfie Adams and Aldermaston’s Jay Welch were given their marching orders. After the disruption Holyport saw out the game to win 3-2.

Woodley’s first league win

Woodley United recorded their first league win of the season with a 2-0 victory at Chalvey Sports. Pablo Fernandez opened the scoring for the Kestrels with a fine solo effort and it was 2-0 three minutes later as Leon Mannion ran free and slotted past the home goalkeeper. There were no further goals as Woodley registered their third win in four games in all competitions, and their first league points of the season.

Wokingham & Emmbrook travelled to Spratleys Meadow to face Penn & Tylers Green, hoping to end the hosts 100% home league record. Despite the pedigree of the home side it was the Sumas who took the lead when Ellis Day headed home from a corner to score for the second consecutive game.

Bracknell Town's Ellis Day. Photo: Andy Findlay.
Bracknell Town’s Ellis Day. Photo: Andy Findlay.

Penn levelled the game almost immediately through a spectacular 25-yard strike, but Wokingham went into the break in the lead as Jake White headed in from a cross on 40 minutes. In the second half there were chances at both ends but the Sumas made the game safe on 83 minutes when White got his second, scoring directly from a free kick from just outside the box. It was Wokingham’s fourth win in a row in all competitions.

Fizzers in full flight

A Charlie Oakley goal midway through the first half was enough for Sandhurst Town to take all the points from their home game with FC Deportivo Galicia. The win was the third on the bounce for the Fizzers who have only lost once in the league since mid-August. The win sees Sandhurst climb to 10th in the Combined Counties League Division One.

Sandhurst Town's Charlie Oakley. Photo: Richard Milam.
Sandhurst Town’s Charlie Oakley. Photo: Richard Milam.

Eversley & California had a tough afternoon losing at home to Sheerwater. The Sheers were 2-0 up at half time and added a third shortly after the break. From there the Boars were much improved and had several chances to get back into the game, but it took until the 82nd minute for them to get on the scoresheet when Brad Brown cleverly backheeled the ball in from a corner. Eversley were not able to add any further goals and the game finished 3-1 to the visitors.

Sandhurst and Eversley faced each other in the Aldershot Senior Cup on Tuesday night. Here’s how they got on.

Hellenic League Division One East

  • Chalvey Sports 0-2 Woodley United
  • Holyport 3-2 AFC Aldermaston
  • Penn & Tylers Green 1-3 Wokingham & Emmbrook

Combined Counties Division One

  • Eversley & California 1-3 Sheerwater
  • Sandhurst Town 1-0 FC Deportivo Galicia


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